I am pretty sure I know where this all began … Kind of like the quote “It was a dark and rainy night”.
I am, after all, a blogger.
For those who have not figured it out, from time to time I will do a punked / surprise ending entry out here. It makes me laugh like crazy, and certainly makes me … and a small group of friends who are clued in … happy as all get out.
Makes me laugh when people underestimate me, or think me less than intelligent. Doesn’t happen often.
I was in the process of doing one of my few punked entries out here, and in addition to what I was doing, I saw a cool Personalized License Plate. So I took a picture.
It made me laugh.
It made me happy.
So I kept on doing it. And doing it. And doing it.
As a matter of fact, I did a bit of a punked / surprise ending entry on the process of doing it a while back. The one about being a stalker. And for that matter there was another blog entry about having shot … someone.
The whole thing has gotten to be quite the … Hobby? Obsession? Addiction? Contagious Something-Or-Another?
It has gotten to the point where I can spot a Personalized Plate a good ways off. And there are several here in this state. Unlike other states, where the initial cost is quite high, or where there is a yearly recurring cost for a Vanity Plate, here it is quite easy.
Twenty Dollars … One Time Only.
So anyone with a little creativity … or anyone with no creativity … can easily have a customized license plate to show off for family and friends.
And the public.
And as I mentioned in another blog entry, when you get a public license plate there is no reasonable assurance of privacy … so that means I can take pictures.
And I capture them now … on film. Just for fun. And there are plenty of them around here. So I thought I might do a few days of some of my favorites … along with running commentary, of course.
And as far as the Contagious comment above … well, it seems that at least two of my friends have started capturing photos on my behalf. Even when I am not with them. Both have made some comment to the effect that it is habit-forming.
And truth be told both of them ended up driving around the block / out of their way to try to get the pictures for me.
Its contagious, I tell you.
Do people mind?
Well, mostly they don’t even know I am doing it. And for those few times that they have caught me, I just start talking to them.
“Hi there! I go around taking pictures of the very best Personalized License Plates. Kind of like a hobby. And YOUR plate is one of the best I have ever seen.”
Folks do plates of hobbies, favorite teams, occupations, initials, names and general comments on society.
Some of them are GR8.
Actually I have dozens of them. And now I have dozens that I have taken. Personally.
And some are incredibly creative. Like the two below.
But to be honest, most of them are just So-So.
Stay tuned …